- Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the Magical Mystery Tour (US LP - Mono) LP.
- Chappell Recording Studios, London UK
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After a hiatus since their June 26, 1967 session, The Beatles reunited to record at Chappell Recording Studios, as Abbey Road’s EMI Studios were fully booked. Interestingly, Paul McCartney had recently visited Chappell Recording Studios for a session with The Chris Barber Band on July 20, 1967.
Abbey Road was fully booked on those two nights, but George Martin had been using our studio for quite a few of his other artists and I had worked with him at Olympic and at IBC in the pre-Beatles days when Abbey Road was booked-up.John Timperley – Engineer at Chappell Recording Studios – From “The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions” by Mark Lewisohn, 1988
During this session, The Beatles focused on Paul McCartney’s composition, “Your Mother Should Know,” which was intended for the soundtrack of their upcoming “Magical Mystery Tour” TV special. They recorded eight takes of the backing track, with Paul on piano and lead vocals and Ringo Starr on drums.
Following this, Paul added a double-tracked lead vocal onto Take 8.
The group continued to work on “Your Mother Should Know” the following day at Chappell Recording Studios.
In the Bag O’ Nails discotheque club one night towards the end of April we (Neil and Mal!) were brought into the group’s discussions on possible items for the “Coach Show”. Basically it was agreed that the plan should be “all-inclusive, non-exclusive”. This meant trying to fit into the show something for everyone, as wide a variety as possible.
On April 25 the backing track for the song “Magical Mystery Tour” was recorded. Two nights later voices were added and on May 3 trumpet accompaniment was put on.
NOW THERE WAS A LONG DELAY BECAUSE THE BBC INVITED THE BEATLES TO TAKE PART IN A ‘LIVE’ WORLD WIDE TELEVISION PROGRAMME FOR WHICH THEY WOULD WRITE A SPECIAL SONG. THE SONG WAS “ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE”, THE PROGRAMME, SEEN AT THE END OF JUNE, WAS “OUR WORLD’. AS YOU KNOW “ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE” BECAME THE MAIN SIDE OF THE BEATLES’ NEXT SINGLE AND THEY PUT “BABY, YOU’RE A RICH MAN” ON THE SECOND SIDE.
So we jump forward to the second half of August to find the next bit of “Magical Mystery Tour” activity — that was after the holiday in Greece and George’s trip to California. On Thursday August 24, only a few days before he died, Brian had a long chat with John, Paul, George and Ringo and everybody talked about “things to be done” for the rest of the year. Brian was very enthusiastic about “Magical Mystery Tour” and wanted us to go ahead right away with filming the show.From The Beatles Monthly Book, December 1967
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